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Common problems of Honda Insight

We will describe the common problems with the Honda Insight, a hybrid car that is popular locally and has good fuel economy.

Q – My Insight Hybrid is making a lot of noise from the exhaust. I would like to know why these sounds are coming out.

A – While other hybrids are relatively quiet, the Honda Insight is not noticeably quieter. This is the driver’s view. To meet the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rating, Honda reduced the weight of their hybrid car as much as possible. The inclusion of insulation material, which is usually used to protect the sound, has also been reduced.

So the exhaust sound in this hybrid car is more noisy than other cars. But if you look at it together with the low fuel consumption, this problem is not enough.

Q – When I drive a Honda insight for a while, the IMA light comes on on the dashboard. If you continue to drive, the battery charging light will come on. At that time, the car can no longer drive. I would like to know what the problem is.

Answer: This problem may be caused by the failure of the hybrid battery control system (Hybrid Battery Computer Control Module IMA ECU Unit) in the rear compartment of the car. Check that unit. If the wires are broken, they must be replaced.

IMA stands for (Integrated Motor Assist system), and cars with this system have a fan to control the temperature of the battery control module. If this fan stops working and the temperature of the Battery Control Module rises, the IMA will stop working. So you should check the wiring of the fan.

Q – My car is Honda Insight (2009 Model). The current problem is that the HMFF and Spanner warning lights are on in the middle of the speedometer. What is the problem?

A – Disconnect the battery for 5 minutes. dimming, Check that it is not faded. The Spanner symbol is a warning to spill oil.

Wines that stored for a certain period of time can cause corrosion, which lead to higher costs later on. Use only Honda’s CVTF (CVT Fluid).

Q – The car’s battery light is on, but the dashboard lights are flashing. The car does not wake up. What’s going on?

Answer – Check the car’s battery and alternator again. Because in this case, when the battery is working, the power will go to the Alternator only once.

If the alternator can’t produce as much electricity as needed, the battery will lose power and eventually die. So check Alternator good/bad first.

Q – In my Insight (2011 Model), the engine keeps stalling every time I turn on the key. Brake Check massage shown. But the brake fluid is below Maximun, but not the minimum condition.

A – The most likely thing is a dead battery. Another possibility is that the starter motor may be loose. Also check the battery terminals for sure. You can wake up the car with Jump Start. It could also be a problem with the starter relay.

Tierra K.
Tierra K.
Kamolvattanavith grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, in a conservative household. Her mother was an investor, while her father managed a golf course and factory. Despite the family’s physical closeness, Kamolvattanavith always felt emotionally detached from her parents. “There was distance between us. I didn’t understand them, they didn’t understand me,” she says. “They didn’t believe that women should be as vocal as men or have as much social power as men, and that was something that really bothered me.” More troubling, it was something that played out in Kamolvattanavith’s household quite often. “My opinions and thoughts – anything I was saying – were being repressed because of our differences in views,” the Thai says. “I was the girl with a lot of opinions and a lot of things to say. I was very vocal, especially about my thoughts, even if they went against the grain.” Because of that family dynamic, Kamolvattanavith wanted out. So in middle school, she began plotting a way to study at the next level in the United States. However, there was one thing standing in the way of her ambitions – money. Around the same time that Kamolvattanavith was planning her move to the U.S., her family experienced financial hardship. “We ended up losing a significant amount of money with a business decision [my parents] made, and that was a financial turning point for us,” she recalls. “My parents had to start a new business, because they really had to support the family and carry on this financial burden. They had to start something fresh so they could pay off everything and recover financially.” Still, the young Thai wouldn’t let that stop her. She began to apply to schools on her own and when accepted, the future investigative journalist asked an uncle to help cover the expenses. “I think he was more understanding. He was the most encouraging out of everyone. He saw the value I could gain by leaving home. He also helped convince my parents,” she says.

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